Saké Nomi logo Nomidachi News • Vol. 10 • March 6, 2008
Saké Happenings:

>Saké Nomi Cinema, Sun., March 9 "Shall We Dance?"
>Vertical Saké Tasting: Wed., March 12 @ 5 - 8 p.m.

>Sakestory's New Saké Arrivals Tasting: Sat., March 15
>Saké Expert John Gauntner Visiting Saké Nomi: Sat., April 12

Dear Nomidachi:

March? Already??!!

Time is certainly flying, so we MUST be having fun!

Actually, Feb. 27 marked our 8th month of saké-related activities at 76 S. Washington Street. 'Hard to believe we've been at it for eight months already. It's even harder to believe that our 1-year anniversary blowout is practically just around the corner . . .

In the meantime, we've got a lot of fun things lined up for March, including some very exciting new saké offerings.

But, before moving on to that stuff, a gigantic THANK YOU to all our nomidachi for the consistent support and positive feedback you've provided thus far. We feel immensely fulfilled seeing you enjoy your exploration of premium saké.

Your patronage inspires and motivates us, and we're grateful to be a small part of your lives.

We hope you can make time to stop in and see us again, soon.


Johnnie & Taiko


Saké Nomi Cinema: Sun., March 9 @ 5 p.m.
"Shall We Dance" (1996, dir. Masayuki Suo)

Please join us Sunday, March 9 @ 5 p.m., for a viewing of the original Japanese version of "Shall We Dance?"

This is the hilarious, heartwarming film that got all Hollywood-ed in the 2004 American version with Richard Gere and J-Lo.

In the original, on a night's typical train commute, a bored "salaryman" is inspired to escape his dull life by the vision of a beautiful dance teacher in the window of her studio. He enrolls in dance class to try to meet her, but gets stuck with a different instructor in a class full of eccentric knuckleheads.

Though the film is in Japanese with English subtitles, much of the humor is physical and situational, so don't let the foreign language thing scare you off. You're guaranteed to enjoy it, or . . . we'll pour you an extra free sample of saké!

We hope you'll grab your popcorn (or any other favorite snacks) and join us this Sunday.

P.S. Don't forget to set your clock ahead one hour for Daylight Savings Time!!!


Vertical Saké Tasting with Tamiko Ishidate of Joto Saké: Wed., March 12 @ 5 - 8 p.m.
What better way to mark the week's "hump" day than drinking delicious saké?

Please join us on Wednesday, March 12, as we host Joto Saké's Tamiko Ishidate and do a "vertical" tasting of saké from one of our favorite breweries, Ibaraki prefecture's Fuchu Homare (est. 1854).

Joto Saké is the importer for some super high-quality jiizaké (microbrews), including the Chikurin, Yuki no Bosha, Shichi Hon Yari, and Kasumi Tsuru brands.

At this tasting, we will be featuring saké from all three of the major grades (that's the "vertical" part), from Fuchu Homare, brewers of Taiheikai (Saké Nomi's most popular!) and Wataribune. Saké to be featured include:

Taiheikai: Tokubetsu Junmai. Round, deep, and delicious, with notes of melon and tropical fruit sweetness. Saké Nomi's #1 seller! (pictured at left)

Wataribune Junmai Ginjo "55": Junmai Ginjo. Soft and mellow, but with a richness not often found in ginjo saké. Hints of pineapple aroma and flavor.

Wataribune Junmai Daiginjo: Junmai Daiginjo.
Deep, lucious, and layered, this is one of the most prized junmai daiginjo in the saké world. Brewed with Wataribune rice, a pure rice strain revived by the brewery in 1989.

All these sake, plus . . .

A Special Treat: One of Wataribune's nama (unpasteurized) saké, not yet available in Washington. (Be patient, people!)

Tamiko-san is theDirector of Joto's Western Division Sales, and she'll be joining us to pour and chat about these wonderful selections.

The samples are, of course, complimentary (we're spoiling you!), so feel free to bring your colleagues and friends. All the selections (in addition to our regular weekly menu), will also be available for purchase by the glass and bottle.

We hope you can join us, and we look forward to filling your glass on March 12!


New Saké Arrivals Tasting with Sakestory's Toshi Kojima: Sat., March 15 @ 2 - 5 p.m.
A batch of saké new to Washington, presented for your tasting pleasure!

This is the one we've been most anxiously anticipating, dear nomidachi -- a tasting of new saké with the importer who is bringing us Tsuki no Wa (Moon Ring), the saké made in Johnnie's Japanese hometown, brewed by his former junior high English student!

We cordially invite you to join us Saturday, March 15 as we welcome Mr. Toshi Kojima and taste the unique and varied selections from Toshi's company, Sakestory.

All the saké are new to Washington, and where else did you think you could taste them first?

March may officially be "Washington Wine Month," but EVERY month is officially "New & Delicious Japanese Saké Month" at Saké Nomi!

'Hope to see you on March 15!


Who's Your Saké Daddy?
World renowned author and saké know-it-all
John Gauntner, that's who!

Saké Nomi is extremely pleased to announce our very first VIP visit is going to be from one of the very VIP-iest: none other than saké expert and all-around great guy John Gauntner.

You can find John's official bio on his excellent website, Sake World.

All you really need to know is in that bio's first sentence: "John Gauntner is recognized as the world's leading non-Japanese sake expert. "

Let's clarify: John's NOT an expert on "non-Japanese saké," rather he IS the world's leading expert on saké whose nationality and native tongue are not Japanese. (For what it's worth he, like Johnnie, is originally from the Midwest, and a member of the "Japanese Wives Club.")

Johnnie met John when he took John's Professional Saké Course in Kamakura, Japan back in 2006. John has since served as confidante, advisor, and unparalleled source of saké-related information. One of his replies to Johnnie's request for a particularly hard to find tidbit included the remark, "Who's your Saké Daddy?" The designation has stuck.

John will be visiting Saké Nomi on Saturday, April 12 from 2 - 5 p.m., helping us pour and chat about some of his favorite saké, as well as sign copies of his excellent books, The Saké Handbook, and The Saké Companion (both available for retail purchase at Saké Nomi, of course).

We hope you'll be able to join us in welcoming John to Seattle and Saké Nomi on April 12.

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